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In 1776 Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence on this portable desk of his own design. It features a hinged writing board and a locking drawer for papers, pens, and inkwell.
By the summer of 1776 members of the Second Continental Congress prepared to declare thei
Primary Sources, Interactives & Media
A short video, this one is great as a lesson opener! "Star-Spangled Souvenirs" is the first episode in the NMAH webseries "Founding Fragments." Join host Tory Altman for a behind-the-scenes look at some of our most intriguing and little-known objects. Hear personal interviews with curators
This searchable site from Thinkport/Maryland Public Television offers lesson plans and interactives on the War of 1812 from the National Park Service, Star-Spangled Banner Flag House, and related historic sites.
In this interactive from Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, students are introduced to characters and issues from the War of 1812 and are invited to cast their vote on going to war.
Artifacts, Primary Sources
The Richard Petty Number 43 Pontiac is a NASCAR racing car, built to resemble a 1984 Pontiac Grand Prix passenger car. It ran in the Winston Cup division, the highest level of NASCAR competition, and it won the Firecracker 400 auto race at Daytona International Speedway on July 4th, 1984. It was
In this post, readers are encouraged to think about how differently news travels now than it did when the United States first became a country. Most Americans did not learn of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress until weeks after July 4, 1776. W